People slip and fall all the time. Every year, roughly one million people visit their local emergency room after suffering a slip and fall. So when does an accident become a cause for a lawsuit? When do you call the law firm focused on personal injury at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., Accident & Injury Lawyers?
Put simply, it depends on who’s to blame. If you fell on someone else’s property, and the negligence of another person contributed to the accident, then they may be liable under the law for your injuries.
How do you know if the other party has been negligent? In the first place, they must have control over the property on which the accident occurred. Perhaps they’re the owner of the property. Perhaps they simply manage the property. Either way, they must have had the duty to take care of the property, and they must have neglected that duty. If they knew of a dangerous condition and did nothing about it, or if they failed to carry out proper inspections, then they are responsible for any injuries suffered as a result of that dangerous condition.
In order to recover damages, a plaintiff in a slip and fall case must prove at least four things. What are the four elements of a slip and fall case? Take a look at our infographic to find out.